Men's -80 kg - IPC Powerlifting World Championships

The men's -80kg was an incredibly close fight which looked to be going the way of Egypt's Metwaly Mathana until China's Xiao Fei Gu pulled out an astonishing final round lift to secure gold and break the world record.

During the first two rounds, Mathana was 4kg ahead of his rival, first posting 225kg before following it up with 232kg, 2kg more than Gu's world record, in the second.

Undeterred, London 2012 silver medallist Gu lifted 236kg in the third round to claim back his world record and secure gold as Mathana failed with an attempt at 237kg.

In lifting a European record 197kg, Latus Wawrzyniec looked surprised at winning bronze, Poland's first medal in Dubai.

France's Julian Avom Mbume, 18, won the junior gold and world record with a lift of 160kg.

The 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships have featured over 330 athletes from nearly 60 countries and were the first opportunity for athletes to begin qualification for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

The competition also featured the climax to the "Raise the Bar campaign," which has seen powerlifters and team officials take part in education seminars as part of efforts to reduce doping in the sport.

For more information about the 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships, please visit the Dubai 2014 microsite:


CHN Xiao Fei Gu

CMR Jean Aguedia

CMR Maurice Francis Biwole Nkodo

COL Fracisco Tulio Palomeque Palacios

EGY Abdelkalik Abdelkalik

EGY Metwaly Mathana

FIN Harri Kauppila

FRA Julien Avom Mbume

FRA Samy Mettidji

GRE Gkremislav Moysiadis

INA Boby Santoso

JPN Hajime Ujiro

KAZ Oleg Gridassov

LBA Abdulbaset Sheta

MAS Mohd Yuspi Mat Dali

NGR Jibrin Malau

OMA Abdul Al Zadjali

PNG Timothy Harabe

POL Wawrzyniec Latus

RSA Ricardo Fitzpatrick

RUS Andrey Samovik

RUS Karen Abramyants

THA Prasit Thongdee

TUR Serdal Kaya

UAE Abdalla Alnaqbi

UAE Nabil Karim Joneidi

USA Jacob Stearns Jr